It’s a two-faced PSG Handball this season. One of the two is ultra-dominant in the championship, in the lead with 3 points and a clear winner against its runner-up Montpellier last weekend (31-27). The other is slipping in the Champions League and has just signed its worst series in the history of the competition by losing this Thursday in Kiel for the fourth time in nine days.
After seeing the sullen side of the capital club this week in Germany, we should logically see some beautiful smiles again during the trip to Toulouse for the 12th day of Starligue. The best attack in the championship (411 goals) must continue to march on France by winning fourth in the championship, otherwise it will sink into a rather worrying crisis of results.
After its defeat in Kiel, PSG signed its fourth match without a victory on the European scene, a first in its history, and is already almost guaranteed not to finish in the top two of Group A. Which means that the Parisians will have to go through the round of 16 box if they want to go all the way in the Champions League. More matches on the clock in an already overloaded schedule, which PSG can lighten up a little by taking off in Starligue.
With 3 points ahead of their two most serious candidates, Nantes and Montpellier, Nikola Karabatic’s teammates have already taken a first option for the title. But beware of missteps in the Garonne. Last season, PSG collapsed at the Palais des Sports André-Brouat, losing heavily (35-27). A defeat came to put an end to an incredible series of 35 successes in the championship, before finally responding at home during the return phase with a demonstration (38-26).
For this shock which is not one if the Parisians play at their level, Raul Gonzalez can still count on Andreas Palicka, impeccable since the start of the season in the cages. The Swedish goalkeeper is one of the few to remain consistent on both stages (15 stops in Kiel this Thursday, 14 against Montpellier last weekend). Something to perhaps inspire the rest of his troops.